Fast and loose

By GERALD PEARY  |  December 9, 2009

But that esprit de corps in no way included producers. Altman loathed them. He halted shooting on a Dino De Laurentiis film one afternoon so the cast could watch Muhammad Ali fight on TV. He so inflamed Jack Warner by his obstinately improvisational directing methods that Warner banished him from the studio lot. As the old-timer exec complained of Altman: "That fool has actors talking at the same time."

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